If you don’t mind getting a little fired up, watch the video above. I have to say that my ears are burning and I’m feeling pretty upset by this. In this video, they try and make the claim that mental illness is not a disease because you can’t test for it like you can cancer or diabetes. You can’t take a blood test or brain scan for depression or schizophrenia, therefore, it’s not a physical disease.
It seems like pretty simple logic, that is if you believe that scientists have figured out the entire human body and every disease that exists. But they haven’t. If this was the case, then years ago, before they were able to diagnosis cancer in the human body with an MRI, you would have to argue that cancer didn’t exist. You would also have to support the claim that diabetes didn’t exist before a blood test could confirm it. But we know this isn’t true. Cancer was present long before the MRI could see it.
It’s really hurtful to see these messages being put out there. If you know anything about childhood mental illness, the examples they gave with their “check boxes” are insulting. There’s enough stigma in the world about mental illness, the last thing our kids need is for their illness to be viewed as imaginary.
What are your thoughts? Really, I would love to know!
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If you are wondering where this video came from, it’s from the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) which was established in 1969 by the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles CA.
Video Uploaded on You Tube by CCHRInt on Apr 26, 2009
Here is what Wikipedia has to say about them:
The History of Cancer
By Lisa Fayed
Updated: July 8, 2009
Consulted: January 6, 2011
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